I guess this speaks to their home lives?
A couple times now I've had junior high students make a request that I say "no" too and then they respond with, "well then I'm not doing this project".
I usually just look at them and say, "Ok. It's your zero. That has no effect on me "
Today I told a 7th grader that he wasn't allowed to use glue and took the paper that he put glue on after he ignored me. He then said "then I'm not doing this project " and proceeded tear his drawing project in half. The rest of the class gasped and he looked at me waiting for a reaction. The situation was so ridiculous that I couldn't help but laugh (I feel kinda bad about it now but it was SUCH a dramatic response) and say what I normally say. To further the drama, he continued to tear it into smaller pieces throwing them on the floor. I could tell he was looking right at me waiting for a reaction. I just ignored him and called for an admin to come retrieve him and to guide him to clean up his mess.
It's just wild to me that they think that what they choose to do or not do in my class weighs on me at all.
I just wonder if this speaks to how these kids get what they want at home. Do they just hold their caregivers requests hostage by refusing to do something else?
I'm not a parent so I guess I don't understand.
By - LGA83